The Town Council has carried out its pledge to mark out the line of the proposed link road across Boston Road Recreation Ground.
Following a public meeting in St Denys’ Church at the end of August, Sleaford Town Council resolved to mark out the relevant planning application boundary for the road scheme between Boston Road and Mareham Lane to give residents of Sleaford an opportunity to view that portion of the Recreation Ground that may be subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order.
Members of the public were invited to observe the line painting on Friday morning. A blue line denotes the actual edge of the road and a red line for the extra land taken up by the CPO to allow for construction work. It is unclear whether the trees between the two lines will be affected too.
Gary Titmus, as chairman of the town’s Services Committee, oversaw the task. He said: “The Town Council is trying to be as open and fair as possible to let the people of Sleaford see for themselves the extent of the road on the recreation ground so they can assess for themselves whether the road should go ahead or not. We have given as much information as possible, which trees might be felled or saved we are not sure about, but I think it is the fairest way to see what is in store.”
Two members of the public from opposing viewpoints on the road provided their skills and expertise to complete the task. The lines will be left as long as necessary, although North Kesteven District Council is likely to decide on whether it intends to press ahead with compulsory purchase in November.
Ann Garrill, of Boston Road, went to inspect and commented: “For a small town council they are working extremely hard to prove to both sides the feasibility of this road and I approve of their work.”
Husband Ken agreed, saying: “I hope people will get behind them and look at what this is going to do to the recreation ground and the town. It is too close to the children’s play area.”